PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Cruisin' the Nation's Capital with Leslie Kritzer and the Cast of First You Dream

By Matthew Blank
June 27, 2012

Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Leslie Kritzer is currently in Washington DC, appearing in the company of First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb at the Kennedy Center. She takes us around the city and shows how she and her co-stars spend their time when not onstage.



"Washington, DC is one of my favorite cities," says Kritzer. "There is so much to do and experience! I have had the pleasure of working here a number of times at the Kennedy Center. First You Dream celebrates the music of Kander and Ebb. Working one-on-one with John Kander and the incredible cast and creative team has been amazing. Not only do we get to sing some of the best music ever written we are backed by a 24-piece orchestra! Here is a little peek into the daily lives of the 'Dreamers,' as we call ourselves, in the nation's capital."



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The musical revue stars Heidi Blickenstaff, James Clow, Alan H. Green, Leslie Kritzer, Patina Miller and Matthew Scott.

Originally produced at Signature Theatre in Virginia and co-conceived by David Loud and Eric Schaeffer (Follies), the production features music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Schaeffer directs, and Jon Kalbfleisch conducts the 22-piece Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb celebrates the five-decade partnership of songwriting duo Kander and Ebb, who brought us Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Zorba. Songs include "The Cell Block Tango," "Maybe This Time," "Ring Them Bells," "Sing Happy," "Razzle Dazzle" and many more.

The production also features scenic design by James Kronzer, costume design by Kathleen Geldard, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Kai Harada, musical staging by Karma Camp, orchestrations by William David Brohn, music supervision and vocal arrangements by David Loud and casting by Laura Stanczyk Casting.

The production will continue through July 1.

Tickets starting at $65 are available at the Kennedy Center box office, online, or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. For more information visit kennedy-center.org.